49ers Quiet Leader

 

 

Eleven-year veteran, offensive lineman Jonathan Goodwin decided not to party with his 49er team after winning the NFC Championship over the Atlanta Falcons.  Instead he drove 215 miles to Irmo, South Carolina, a town of about 11,000 residents.  There, waiting for him was something better than a party:  his wife Alnessa, and three young boys, including one-week-old Cade.  He could only be home for a day, but that’s how much his family means to him.

Goodwin, who has a Super Bowl ring from 2009 when he played with New Orleans, will remind his teammates that the trip to Super Bowl XLVII is a “business trip.”  “I would just stress to the guys that it’s nice to go the Super Bowl,” Goodwin said. “But it’s better to win it.”

At 34, Goodwin is the 6th oldest player on the squad, and one of the most respected.  Recently, Coach Jim Harbaugh asked him to talk to the team about going to and winning the Super Bowl.  Right Tackle Anthony Davis, 23, called Goodwin this week for advice, and it wasn’t the first time.  Davis says, “He always answers.”

Goodwin makes all the offensive line calls.  His teammates say he is like a father to them, and they are all brothers.

He is considered “laid-back,” but when it’s 3rd and one, he becomes as fired up as anyone.  He is praised for his ability to play under control at all times.  He has not been flagged for a personal foul in his 165 game career.  Goodwin is proud of that accomplishment and says it goes back farther than that.  He says he has never been called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

He wears number 59.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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